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District Announcements
Delayed Start for School - Thursday, March 5
Because of the winter weather we are currently experiencing, the Pontotoc City School District will delay the start of school tomorrow. On Thursday, March 5, 2015, school will begin at 10:00 AM.  Dismissal will be at the regular time.  We will reevaluate the weather conditions again in the morning so please watch the webpage and news for the most current information.  If you have additional questions, please contact your child's school.  Thank you!
District Champs - Girls
2015 District 1
4A Girls Basketball Champions
Pontotoc Lady Warriors
 
District Champs - Boys
2015 District 1
4A Boys Basketball Champions


Pontotoc Warriors
Board Appreciation Week, 2015
Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed the week of February 15 - 21, 2015, as School Board Recognition Week in Mississippi.  He is urging all citizens to join him in recognizing the vital role of local school board members in ensuring a quality education system and ultimately in helping assure a strong, viable Mississippi economy.  Thank you, Board Members, for dedicated service on behalf of the Pontotoc City School District's children.
Notice of Bid
Notice of Bid
 
Pontotoc City School District shall receive sealed bids for a used Baby Grand Piano located in the old auditorium at Pontotoc Middle School in “as is” condition.
 
Sealed bids should be received at the Pontotoc City School District Central Office no later than noon on Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Attendance Award 5 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Jr. High  School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 5th reporting period!  The PJHS Student Council accepted the award for the student body.
Attendance Award 5 - Employees
Congratulations to D.T. Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 5th reporting period!
TOY, 2015
Congratulations
to our
Teachers of the Year!
National Board, 2015
Congratulations to our new National Board Certified Teachers!
We believe National Board Certification is a family affair.  Please join us in congratulating these three teachers and their families on attaining National Board Certification.  They are joining an elite group of 35 teachers in the PCSD and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
Football Signees, 2015
Chase Hale has signed a scholarship to play football at Millsaps College.  Chase is the son of Kerry and Angie Hale.
Football
Jeff Carter has been named the Head Football Coach for the Pontotoc Warriors.  Coach Carter is married to Rachelle and they have two boys, Jacob and Justin.

Go Warriors!
2015 TOY
Pontotoc City School District
is pleased to announce that
Shanna Daniel,
5th grade teacher at Pontotoc Middle School,
has been selected as the
2015 PCSD Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Mrs. Daniel!

 
PMS Principal's Lunch
As part of Pontotoc Middle School's positive behavior support, students earn tickets for positive behaviors. These students used their tickets to share lunch with their principal. BT's restaurant, a community partnership of PMS, provided lunch for the students and principal. 
600th Win
Congratulations, 
Coach Bill Russell,
on your 600th career victory!
We would like to congratulate Coach Russell on his 600th win!  Coach Russell is in his 26th year as a head girls’ basketball coach.  His record is 600 wins and 228 losses.  This year’s seniors have only lost 9 times in grades 7-12 and only 1 time at home! He has been the division Coach of the Year 14 times and has carried his teams to state 10 out of 25 years! Coach Russell’s teams have won 13 division titles, have been North State Runner-up 5 times and North State Champions 4 times and have won State 2 times and were runner-up 3 other times.  We are looking forward to another State Tournament appearance this year as well as bringing our trophy home!


 
PHS Algebra Activity
The Algebra 1 Companion Classes at Pontotoc High School completed Part 1 of a Getting Career Ready Project.  This school year, the 2014 Mississippi College- and Career- Readiness Standards for Mathematics are being used as a guide for helping prepare students for the next grade level and life beyond high school.  The standards being addressed each day in the classroom are designed to expose students to experiences that reflect the value of mathematics, enhance students’ confidence in their ability to do mathematics, and link mathematics to the real-world.
As the end of the first semester neared, the Companion Math classes completed a booklet focusing on students’ interest in a particular career field.  The booklet consisted of a 2-page paper addressing areas such as, job description, employment facts, educational requirements, job outlook, earnings, and what generally happens in a day in the life of the career chosen.  Students also included with the paper a cover page and work cited page.  In addition, the booklet consisted of problems written by and solved by the students as it relates to their chosen career, various types of graphs, research pertaining to money markets as they begin to learn how to make money work for them, and multiple representations of data derived from situations that may occur in the their chosen career.  Each component of the booklet was driven by various standards learned during the semester.  The development of the booklet was both enjoyable and challenging to the students.


 
PMS Mystery Activity
At the end of last semester the 5th grade teachers at Pontotoc Middle School used a creative game of Clue to teach inferencing to their students. It was a fun-filled activity that had faculty and students dying for just one more scenario. So, what did these teachers do? The students created their own scenarios and another table group had to solve the mystery. Here’s one scenario that was just too cute…
 
Mr. Collum was happy about Ole Miss winning the Egg Bowl. He brought all his neckties to school to put in his closet cabinet. One necktie was a beautiful Ole Miss tie. Mr. Collum took us to the restroom, but he did not put the Ole Miss necktie in the closet. We meet Mr. Jason walking down the hallway while we ere going to the restroom. When we got back to the classroom the necktie was gone. Who could have taken Mr. Collum’s Ole Miss tie?
 
100 Days of School
More centenarians!
100 Days of School
More centenarians!
100 Days of School
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Pontotoc Elementary School celebrated 100 days of school.  Teachers and students dressed up and pretended to be 100 years old.  There were a number of activities that focused on the number 100.  Take a look at some of our centenarians.
Attendance Award 4 - Employees
Congratulations to D.T. Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 4th reporting period!
Attendance Award 4 - Students
Congratulations to D.T. Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 4th reporting period!
Softball Signees, 2014

Alex Brown has signed to play softball for Itawamba Community College. Alex is the daughter of Greg and Angie Brown.

Baseball Signees, 2014
Chance Witt has signed a scholarship to play baseball with East Mississippi Community College.  Chance is the son of Walter and Donna Witt.
Board - Moorman
Frankie Moorman was elected to the Pontotoc City School District Board of Trustees in the November election.  He was sworn in at the January 12th board meeting by Melinda Nowicki, Circuit Clerk.  He is joined by his wife, Angie, and his children.  
Congratulations, Mr. Moorman!
Board Retirement
Charlotte Bass served on the PCSD Board of Trustees for sixteen years.  She did not seek reelection.  The Board honored her at the January board meeting by presenting her with a rocking chair.  Please join me in thanking Charlotte for all her time and service to this school district.
Pontotoc Reading Association

The Pontotoc Reading Association had its officer recognition during the month of November. This new local council is excited about the opportunity to promote literacy in the Greater Pontotoc Area. The organization is currently in the process of registering as an affiliate with the International Reading Association. We would like to invite anyone in this area to attend our next meeting in January. Email Murray Collum for additional information at mhcolum@yahoo.com.

Stock Market Winners, 2014
PONTOTOC MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
WINNERS OF STOCK MARKET COMPETITION
JACKSON, MS, December 15, 2014—Students from Pontotoc Middle School were named 2nd place winners in the fall elementary division of the Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG). 
 
The simulation is one of the most effective learning tools available about the free enterprise system for students in grades four through 12.  The program enables teams of students to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market over a 15-week period.  Winners are determined on the percentage return above or below S&P 500 growth.  The Pontotoc Middle School team outperformed the S&P by 7.7% and grew their portfolio to $111,207 over the 15-week session. 
 
The team will be honored at the Mississippi Council on Economic Education’s Annual Awards Ceremony on May 8th in Jackson.  Sponsors for the 2014-2015 SMG program are BancorpSouth and Trustmark National Bank.  
2014-15 AOY
Pontotoc City School District
is proud to announce that
Phil Webb,
principal of Pontotoc Jr. High School,
has been selected as the
Pontotoc City School District Administrator of the Year.
Congratulations, Mr. Webb!
PHS Jazz Band at Rotary
The Pontotoc High School Jazz Band was the program for the Pontotoc Rotary Club on December 16, 2014.  Rotary President Ellen Russell welcomed the group and they presented a variety of music, including big band tunes and Christmas selections.  Thank you, Jazz Band, for representing us across our community!
PMS UFO McWane Trip
The 5th and 6th grade UFO students at Pontotoc Middle School went on an educational adventure to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL.  Approximately 100 students, parents, and teachers took the opportunity to discover the World of Water with shark and ray touching tanks, an ocean journey, a river journey, and an aqua-scape theater.  The second level provided adventures in lab space science, bubbles, distance discovery, gravitational pull, and brain analogy! The third level took us to the land of dinosaurs, Itty Bitty Magic City, and science on a sphere, ice discovery, and a two level slide!  Last, but not least, our students had an opportunity to experience one of the most amazing cultural IMAX videos on the history of Jerusalem, and how this one city touches all lives around the world.  This was a tremendous learning experience, we believe one that will be remembered for a lifetime!
DTC Early Settler Project
The fourth grade students at D.T. Cox Elementary were given a glimpse into the many skills necessary for daily life of the early Mississippi settler by the Tombigbee Pioneer Group on November 13th.  The Tombigbee Pioneer group, who are living history volunteers for the Natchez Trace Parkway, shared their skills and interests as part of the students' study of Mississippi History.  Students practiced writing with quill pens and  reflected on how their country's forefathers signed their names on the Declaration of Independence.  Students examined strange tools and articles such as a tall metal-shaped tube for drawing and carrying water and five pound irons which were heated before pressing clothing.  Students examined the process of making cloth from carding cotton or wool to spinning, and weaving it and then making a quilt with which to keep warm.  Students also enjoyed simple entertainment of the settlers such a contest of getting corncobs into a basket, dancing to banjo music and singing to the melodic sounds of the dulcimer. 

 
K Thanksgiving Feast
After studying about Pilgrims and Sioux Indians, the kindergarten students at Pontotoc Elementary School had a Thanksgiving Feast provided by the cafeteria. They also participated in an Indian PowWow. During the PowWow, Zach Fauver, a senior at PHS, shared a traditional dance in costume.  It was a great Thanksgiving celebration!
Attendance Award 3 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 3rd reporting period!
Attendance Award 3 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Jr. High School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 3rd reporting period!
DTC Library Project
The 4th grade UFO students at DT Cox Elementary School were asked to design and transform the entrance of the library into “Sir Readalot’s Castle” for the recent book fair.  The students were able to work through the engineering design process in order to brainstorm and implement their design plans.  They took measurements, determined materials needed, and worked collaboratively in order to accomplish their challenge.  They worked super hard and were extremely pleased with the end results!

 
Baseball Signees, 2014
Wednesday, November 12 was National Signing Day for Division I and II college baseball and we are pleased to have had two of our young men take part.  Delvin Zinn, pictured here with his father Reggie Zinn, signed a scholarship with Mississippi State University as a middle infielder. Will Howard, pictured here with his father Ben Howard, signed as a catcher with Mississippi College.  The two young men have both excelled on the field as well as in the classroom.  We are so proud of these two young men!
 
Attendance Award 2 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 2nd reporting period!
Attendance Award 2 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Middle School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 2nd reporting period!
Ice Water Challenge
Pontotoc Elementary students helped raise over $1,000 for "Race For The Cure" in the month of October. Part of that money was raised by purchasing cups of water for the Ice Water Challenge. The kids had a GREAT time watching their teachers get soaked!
 
PES Fossil Hunt
PES's 2nd grade gifted students spent nine weeks studying about fossils, researching Roy Chapman Andrews (who discovered the largest dinosaur graveyard in Mongolia and the inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones) and Mary Anning (the Fossil Girl of Lyme Regis), and identifying fossils in class. On October 22, these students and many parents, grandparents, and relatives experienced digging for fossils at the Blue Springs Fossil Site. Area "fossil experts" were there to help students identify their fossils. Some of their finds were exogyra costatas, turetellas, fossilized crabs, and a shark's tooth!
Band Announcement
Congratulations to the Pontotoc High School Band.  The band traveled to Pearl Saturday to compete in the State Marching Band Championships, which they qualified for in early October.  For the 2nd year in a row, they return as State Championship Medalists!  In addition, the Pontotoc High School percussion section is 4A State Champions, receiving the trophy for the highest scoring 4A drum line in Mississippi.  As another 1st, in the preliminary competition, the band received 1st place in music performance, being judged as the best playing 4A band in Mississippi.  Congratulations Band!
Christmas Play, 2014
COMING SOON....
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol  
December 4 - 6, 2014!  
Admission $2.00 for school day performances
and
$5.00 for public performances.
Fidelis Coat Drive
The Fidelis Club, a community women’s club, is hosting a coat drive.  Each PCSD school is collecting used coats, jackets, and pullovers.  The Fidelis Club will collect, wash, and redistribute the coats back to needy members of our community.  If you have an item you would like to donate, please drop it in one of the boxes in our schools by Friday, Nov. 7th.  If you have questions, please contact Marsha Hillhouse or Kim Koon.  Thank you!
K-Spears-Pumpkin Patch
On Friday, October 17th, Penny Spears took her kindergarten class to the Blue Mountain Pumpkin Patch.  Please enjoy the following pictures!
DID YOU KNOW....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Absenteeism in Kindergarten can influence whether a child will be held back in 3rd grade.
 
  • Prisons in the U.S. are built based on 3rd grade reading scores.
 
  • As early as 6th grade, absenteeism becomes an indicator that a student could drop out.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
Attendance Award 1 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 1st reporting period!
Attendance Award 1 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc High School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 1st reporting period!
DID YOU KNOW....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Of graduating high school students who miss 3 days per month, only 11% are able to attend a second year of college.
 
  • Most research considers missing 10% of a school year as chronic absenteeism.  That is 18 days in an academic year at PCSD.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
 
 
Warrior Day, 2014
Warrior Day, 2014 was a tremendous success! It was a beautiful day in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and the members of the Warrior Nation enjoyed all the festivities. 


There was the FUN….



 
Warrior Day, 2014
The FOOD.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The FELLOWSHIP.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PARADE.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PEP RALLY……..



 
Warrior Day, 2014
We’d like to say a special thank you to all participants who made this such a special day for the Pontotoc City Schools – Ellen Russell for coordinating the parade, Kevin Walls for coordinating the events on the Square, Tracy Crane for coordinating the pep rally, and the PCSD employees who hung flags, moved mats, cleaned up trash, and whatever else needed to be done. 
GO WARRIORS!!  
MAGC Awards
Congratulations to Phil Webb for being awarded the Administrator Advocate Award of Excellence in Gifted Education and James Castleman for being awarded the 2014 Sherrye C. Thompson Parent Advocacy Award in Gifted Education! Both were also awarded the 2014 MAGC (MS Association of Gifted Children) Outstanding Advocate Award of Excellence.  Thank you to both men for supporting our gifted program!!
DID YOU KNOW.....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Fourth graders who miss 3 days in the month prior to their NAEP assessments have been found to score a full grade level below their peers on NAEP.
 
  • Students in grades 8-12 who miss 3 days or more per month are 7 times more likely to become drop-outs.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
Tenn-Tom Invitational Marching Contest
Congratulations to the Pontotoc High School Band.  They traveled to Aberdeen on Saturday, Sept. 27, to compete in the Tenn-Tom Invitational Marching Contest.  The band was rated All Superior in Drum Majors, Drums, Guard, and Band as well as winning Best In Class and Best Overall in both drums and guard.  They won Best in Class 4A band and, for the 4th year in a row, the Grand Championship for overall best band in the contest.  Congratulations PHS Band!
DID YOU KNOW.....
DID YOU KNOW…..
 
  • Students must attend school regularly to benefit from what is taught there.
  • Kindergarteners who miss an average of 3 days per month struggle to succeed in school far beyond the kindergarten year.
 
  • Funding for Mississippi public schools is based on attendance for the months of October and November.
 
School attendance is important!
 
Some of this data was taken from the 2014 Attendance Works website.  This report was made possible by generous financial support provided to Attendance Works by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.                                                 www.attendanceworks.org
 
 
 
 
First Lady Visits DT Cox
On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, visited DT Cox Elementary School.  Mrs. Bryant visited with two third grade classes.  She showed pictures of the Capitol and talked about her life with Governor Phil Bryant.  The students got to see pictures of her family.  She also read a book and talked about the importance of learning to read before you complete the third grade.  The faculty and staff at DT Cox did an exceptional job in welcoming Mrs. Deborah Bryant.
Pontotoc City School District
Reading Fair, 2015
Congratulations to all who participated in our annual reading fair.  The district reading fair was held January 16, with 110 students participating. Projects were exceptionally creative and students presented their books very well. The judges had a difficult time selecting the First Place Winners who will represent the district at the regional fair to be held February 14 at Lafayette County High School. Good Luck to all who will compete at the regional fair!